Edited by:

Juergen Schieber, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
Pradip Bose, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India
P.G. Eriksson, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Santanu Banerjee, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India
Subir Sarkar, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India
Wladyslaw Altermann, Ludwigs-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
Octavian Catuneanu, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

This Atlas is the second volume in the ATLASES in GEOSCIENCE series, published by ELSEVIER

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Pre-Prints of formatted manuscripts (PDF format) were provided by most of the authors and are available for download from the table of contents below.



Table of Contents:

Chapter One – Prologue: an introduction to microbial mats   PDF

J. Schieber, P.K. Bose, P.G. Eriksson, S. Banerjee, S. Sarkar, W. Altermann and O. Catuneanu

 Chapter Two - Structures left by modern microbial mats in their host sediments   PDF

G. Gerdes

Chapter Three – Classification of structures left by microbial mats in their host sediments   PDF

P.G. Eriksson, J. Schieber, E. Bouougri, G. Gerdes, H. Porada, S. Banerjee, P.K. Bose and S. Sarkar

Chapter Four - Mat features in sandstones

4(a) Mat growth features     PDF            D. Bottjer and J.W. Hagadorn

4(b) Diagenetic features related to mat metabolism and decay    PDF    J. Schieber

4(c) Mat-destruction features     PDF    P.G. Eriksson, H. Porada, S. Banerjee, E. Bouougri,
                                                                  S. Sarkar and A.J. Bumby.

4(d) Mat-decay features     PDF     S.Q. Dornbos, N. Noffke, and J.W. Hagadorn        

4(f) Complex structures associated with siliciclastic biolaminites     PDF  
  E. Bouougri and H. Porada      

 Chapter Five – Microbial mats on muddy substrates – examples of possible sedimentary features and underlying processes

J. Schieber    PDF

 Chapter Six – Discussion of some problems: unusual features and the importance of terminology

6(a) ‘Wrinkle structures’ – a critical review     H. Porada and E. Bouougri    PDF

6(b) Some unusual and/or problematic inferred mat-related features   
                                                             S. Sarkar and S. Banerjee     PDF

6(c) Inherent problems of terminology: definition of terms frequently used in connection

       with microbial mat   PDF   E. Bouougri, G. Gerdes and H. Porada   

 Chapter Seven – Examples of stratigraphic units bearing outstanding mat features

7(a) Microbially-induced sedimentary structures (MISS) of Early and Middle Archaean

       ages - Moodies Group, Pongola Supergroup, Witwatersrand Supergroup (South     

       Africa)             N. Noffke

7(b) Microbial mat features in terrigenous clastics of the Belt Supergroup, Mid-

       Proterozoic of Montana, USA    PDF   J. Schieber   

7(c) Microbial mat features in mudstones of the Mesoproterozoic Somanpalli Group,

       Pranhita-Godavari Basin, India   PDF     S.P. Deb, J. Schieber and A.K. Chaudhuri    

7(d) Mat-related features from sandstones of the Vindhyan Supergroup in central India   PDF

                P.K. Bose, S. Sarkar, S. Banerjee and S. Chakraborty

7(e) Benthic microbial mats in black shale units from the Vindhyan Supergroup, Middle

       Proterozoic of India: the challenges of recognizing the genuine article   PDF

                             J. Schieber, S. Sur and S. Banerjee    

7(f) Mat-related features from the Neoproterozoic Tizi n-Taghatine Group, Anti-Atlas

       belt, Morocco    PDF    E. Bouougri and H. Porada    

7(g) Microbial mat sedimentary structures and their relation to organic-carbon burial in

       the Middle Neoproterozoic Chuar Group, Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA   PDF

                            K.M. Bohacs and C.K. Junium

7(h) Mat-related features from the Terminal Ediacaran Nudaus Formation, Nama Group, 
       Namibia    PDF   E. Bouougri and H. Porada      

7(i) Ripple patches in the Cretaceous Dakota Sandstone near Denver, Colorado, a

       classical locality for microbially bound tidal sand flats   PDF       J. Schieber

7(j) Benthic microbial mats as an oil shale component: Green River Formation (Eocene)

       of Wyoming and Utah   PDF      J. Schieber


Chapter Eight – New developments in research on microbial mats

8(a) Microbial mats built by iron bacteria: a modern example from southern Indiana    PDF

                    J. Schieber and M. Glamoclija

8(b) Disruption of mats by seismic events    PDF     

                    J.A. Donaldson and J.R. Chiarenzelli

8(c) Flume experiments on the durability of sandy microbial mat fragments during transport   PDF

                    J. Schieber

8(d) Hydraulic conditions and mat-related structures in tidal flats and coastal sabkhas     PDF

                        H. Porada, E. Bouougri and J. Ghergut


Chapter Nine – Paleoenvironmental and Chronological Relationships of Mat-Related Features,
            and Sequence Stratigraphic Implications of Microbial Mats

9(a) Paleogeography of microbial mats in terrigenous clastics - environmental distribution
        of associated sedimentary features and the role of geologic time    

                    J. Schieber, P.K. Bose, P.G. Eriksson, S. Sarkar

9(b) Sequence Stratigraphic Context of microbial mat features   PDF 

                    O. Catuneanu


Chapter Ten – Conclusions   PDF

                 J. Schieber, G. Gerdes, P.G. Eriksson, S. Sarkar, P.K. Bose, S. Banerjee, O. Catuneanu and W. Altermann


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